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MLB Bullpen Report: 05/08/12

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By Matthew Beck

American League

Baltimore Orioles
(CL)
Jim Johnson (R)– Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit while striking out three batters. He has pitched three innings in his last two outings combined and may be given the day off on Monday. (05/07/12)
(SU)
Pedro Strop (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit while striking out one batter in the appearance. This was the second game in three days in which he was used for multiple innings, so this may be becoming a trend. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Matt Lindstrom (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. Lindstrom has been all the Orioles could ask for through the first five weeks of the season, and has yet to give up an earned-run. (05/07/12)

Boston Red Sox
(CL)
Alfredo Aceves (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. Aceves has now recorded nine strikeouts in his last 4.2 innings of relief. (05/07/12)
(SU)
Franklin Morales (L)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up two hits in the outing. He needed 26 pitches to get through the appearance and lowered his earned-run average to 4.91 on the season. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Matt Albers (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one walk while striking out two batters. He has now pitched four innings in his last two appearances combined and may get the day off on Monday. (05/07/12)
Injured–
Andrew Bailey (60-Day DL), Bobby Jenks (60-Day DL)

Chicago White Sox
(CL)
Chris Sale (L)–Sale will be moved into the closer role starting Monday after starting the season in the White Sox starting rotation. He is currently nursing a tender elbow, which is one of the main reasons why he was moved into the role. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Hector Santiago (L)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two batters. The wheels have really started to fall off for Santiago, who lost his closer role to Chris Sale a few days ago. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Matt Thornton (L)– Thornton took the loss on Monday night after giving up one run on three hits and one walk in the eighth inning. The wheels have started to fall off after a great start, as Thornton has now given up five runs over his last two innings of relief. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Addison Reed (R)–Recorded his first save of the season on Saturday after recording just one out in the ninth inning. He was only used in this situation because Chris Sale was unavailable, so don’t look too much into this situation. (05/06/12)
Injured–
Jesse Crain (15-Day DL)

Cleveland Indians
(CL)
Chris Perez (R)–Recorded his 11th save on Sunday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one hit while striking out one batter lowering his earned-run average to 2.84 on the season. (05/07/12)
(SU)
Vinnie Pestano (R)–Picked up his eighth hold of the season on Sunday after striking out one only batter he faced in the eighth inning. He threw just six pitches, so he should be a go for Monday’s doubleheader. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Tony Sipp (L)–Picked up a spot-save on Monday night in Game two of a doubleheader after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one walk in the appearance while striking out two batters with both Chris Perez and Vinnie Pestano unavailable. (05/08/12)

Detroit Tigers
(CL) Jose Valverde (R)– Recorded his fifth save of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed two base runners in the outing, but was able to get out of the inning after striking out two batters and forcing a fly ball out.
(SU)
Joaquin Benoit (R)– Picked up his eighth hold on Sunday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance needing 14 pitches to get through the outing. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Octavio Dotel (R)–Took the loss on Monday night after failing to record an out in the ninth inning. He gave up three runs on one hit and two walks before being pulled from the game. (05/08/12)

Kansas City Royals
(CL) Jonathan Broxton (R)–Recorded his fifth save of the season on Thursday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one hit and one walk in the outing, but was able to get out of the jam by forcing three ground ball outs. (05/04/12)
(SU)
Aaron Crow (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters. With this outing Crow lowered his earned-run average to 3.21 on the season. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Tim Collins (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Monday giving up three runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one batter. Collins has been solid for the majority of the season, so hopefully he will be able to put this outing behind him. (05/08/12)
Injured–
Joakim Soria (out for season), Greg Holland (15-Day DL)

Los Angeles Angels 
(CL)
Scott Downs (L)– Picked up his fifth hold of the season on Sunday after exiting the game with an injured left knee after trying to avoid a line drive in the ninth inning. He was in line to receive the save, but finished with the hold since he only was in for one out. (05/07/12)
(SU)
Ernesto Frieri (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up one walk while striking out one batter in the appearance and may be in line to receive save chances if Scott Downs’ injury is serious. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Jordan Walden (R)–Picked up his first hold of the season on Monday night after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He threw just eight pitches in the appearance striking out one batter lowering his earned-run average to 6.00 on the season. (05/08/12)
Injured–LaTroy Hawkins (15-Day DL)

Minnesota Twins 
(CL)
Matt Capps (R)– Recorded his fifth save of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning striking out two batters in the outing. Capps needed just nine pitches to get through the appearance throwing seven pitches for strikes. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Glen Perkins (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Monday night giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits and one walk. Perkins has struggled this season and now has a 5.56 earned-run average on the season. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Brian Duensing (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Sunday giving up one walk while striking out two batters in the appearance. Duensing has now put together three straight solid outings, lowering his earned-run average to 3.09 on the season. (05/07/12)

New York Yankees
(CL)
David Robertson (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night in a non-save situation striking out the side and now has eight strikeouts in his last three innings of relief. Robertson will likely be sharing the closer role with Rafael Soriano for the time-being, but Robertson could separate himself early on. (05/05/12)
(CL)
Rafael Soriano (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday giving up one walk in the outing. He threw 15 pitches in the appearance while lowering his earned-run average to 2.31 on the season. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Boone Logan (R)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit and forcing one ground ball out. Logan threw nine pitches in the outing and has now been used on back-to-back days. (05/07/12) Injured–Mariano Rivera (Out for the season)

Oakland Athletics
(CL) Grant Balfour (R)–recorded his seventh save of the season on Saturday after pitching a scoreless 12th inning giving up one hit in the outing. This was a much better showing from Balfour after a few bad outings as of late, but he should still be considered to be on the hot seat. (05/06/12)
(SU)
Ryan Cook(R)–Picked up his eighth hold of the season on Sunday after forcing the only batter he faced in the seventh inning to fly out. He threw just two pitches in the outing and has yet to give up an earned-run this season. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Brian Fuentes (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters. Luckily for Fuentes he was able to strikeout a few batters, since he once again got himself in a jam. (05/07/12)
Injured–
Joey Devine (15-Day DL)

Seattle Mariners
(CL)
Brandon League (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night in a non-save situation giving up one walk while striking out one batter. This was League’s first appearance since giving up two runs on Monday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Tom Wilhelmsen (R)– Pitched one inning of relief on Sunday giving up one run on one hit and one walk in the outing. Wilhelmsen gave up a home run to Ryan Doumit with one out in the ninth inning, but was able to limit the damage to just that. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Lucas Luetge (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Sunday giving up one walk on 18 pitches thrown in the appearance. Luetege has yet to give up a run this season and has been a nice fill-in for fellow left-hander George Sherrill in the seventh inning role. (05/07/12)
Injured–
George Sherrill (15-Day DL)

Tampa Bay Rays
(CL) Fernando Rodney (R)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Saturday retiring all three batters he faced in order. With this outing Rodney lowered his earned-run average to 0.66 on the season. (05/06/12)
(SU)
Joel Peralta (R)–Was charged with the loss on Saturday after giving up one run on two hits in the 12th inning. He recorded three strikeouts in his efforts, but game up a game-winning home run to Jonny Gomes which was the difference in the game. (05/06/12)
(MR)
J.P. Howell (L)–Pitched 2.1 innings of relief on Saturday giving up one hit while striking out one batter. He threw 28 pitches in the appearance and will likely be unavailable out of the bullpen on Sunday. (05/06/12)
Injured–
Kyle Farnsworth (15-Day DL)

Texas Rangers
(CL)
Joe Nathan (R)–Recorded his seventh save of the season on Saturday after pitching a scoreless 11th inning. He gave up one hit in the appearance while striking out two batters on 17 pitches thrown. (05/06/12)
(SU)
Mike Adams (R)– Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Saturday giving up one hit while striking out one batter. He needed only nine pitches to get through the appearance, lowering his earned-run average to 2.31 on the season. (05/06/12)
(MR)
Alexi Ogando (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Monday night needing 11 pitches to get through the appearance. He struck out two batters while lowering his earned-run average to 0.57 on the season. (05/08/12)
Injured–
Yoshinori Tateyama (15-Day DL)

Toronto Blue Jays
(CL)
Francisco Cordero (R)–Picked up the win on Tuesday night despite blowing his second save of the season after giving up one run on three hits in the ninth inning. He has been shaky in the closer role in the absence of Sergio Santos, so don’t expect Cordero to get any chances once he is back from injury. (05/02/12)
(SU) Casey Janssen (R)– Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Sunday giving up one hit while striking out one batter. Janssen has been used sparingly this season, with this being his first outing since the previous Sunday. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Darren Oliver (L)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Sunday throwing just four pitches in the outing. He gave up one hit and forced the only other batter he faced to ground out. (05/07/12)
Injured–
Sergio Santos (15-Day DL)

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks
(CL)
J.J. Putz (R)– Recorded his sixth save of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance and was able to bounce back from a horrible outing on Wednesday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
David Hernandez (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Monday giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. With this outing Hernandez lowered his earned-run average to 2.51 on the season. (05/08/12) (MR) Brad Ziegler (R)–Pitched 1.2 innings of relief on Monday night giving up one hit and one walk in the appearance. Ziegler has been solid for the Diamondbacks thus far and now has a 1.42 earned-run average on the season. (05/08/12)
Injured–
Takashi Saito (15-Day DL)

Atlanta Braves
(CL)
Craig Kimbrel (R)–Recorded his ninth save of the season on Friday night despite giving up one run on one hit and one walk in the 11th inning. This is his third straight appearance in which he gave up an earned-run, which is something he never did in 2011. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Jonny Venters (L)– Pitched a scoreless 10th inning on Wednesday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He recorded two strikeouts in the appearance looked much sharper than the night prior. (05/03/12) (MR) Eric O’Flaherty (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Monday night giving up one run on two hits and one walk. O’Flaherty has struggled to start the season and is now sporting a 6.55 earned-run average after Monday’s performance. (05/08/12)

Chicago Cubs
(CL)–
Rafael Dolis (R)–Picked up his second win of the season on Sunday after pitching two scoreless innings in extra frames. This was his second win of the season and may be given the day off on Monday after pitching three innings in as many days. (05/07/12)
(CL)
James Russell (L)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit while striking out two batters. Russell is supposedly in the mix to receive save chances with Rafael Dolis, but he has yet to be used in that role. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Carlos Marmol (R)–Picked up his first hold of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He allowed two base runners but did not allow them to score by recording two strikeouts and one fly ball out. (05/08/12)

Cincinnati Reds
(CL)
Sean Marshall (L)–Marshall pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit while striking out two batters in the appearance. With this outing Marshall lowered his earned-run average to 4.35 on the season. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Aroldis Chapman (L)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Sunday retiring all four batters he faced in order. He struck out two more batters in the appearance and now has 25 strikeouts on the year. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Jose Arrenondo (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Saturday giving up two hits and two walks while striking out two batters. It wasn’t one of his best outings of the season, but at least he did not surrendering any runs considering he allowed four base runners. (05/06/12)
Injured–Ryan Madson (out for season), Nick Masset (15-Day DL), Bill Bray (15-Day DL)

Colorado Rockies (
CL)
Rafael Betancourt (R)– Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit in the outing. He threw just six pitches in the appearance and bounced back nicely form a rough outing on Wednesday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Matt Belisle (R)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Monday retiring all four batters he faced in order. He needing only 15 pitches to get through the appearance and struck out one batter lowering his earned-run average to 2.51 on the season. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Rex Brothers (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Monday night needing only 10 pitches to get through the appearance. He struck out one batter while forcing the other batter he faced to fly out. (05/08/12)

Houston Astros
(CL
)Brett Myers (R)– Recorded his seventh save of the season on Friday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit while striking out one batter. Myers has been excellent through the early part of the season and is currently sporting a 1.04 earned-run average. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Brandon Lyon (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday in a non-save situation and struck out the side on 12 pitches thrown. He threw 10 strikes out of his 12 pitches and looked like the Lyon of old. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Wilton Lopez (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Saturday retiring both batters he faced in order. He recorded one strikeout while forcing the other batter to ground out, lowering his earned-run average to 2.25 on the season. (05/06/12)

Los Angeles Dodgers
(CL)
Kenley Jansen (R)–On Monday Jansen was named the team’s closer after Javy Guerra blew his third save of the season on Sunday. Jansen is a must-own player in all fantasy formats at this point, so if he is still available try and get him while you still can. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Javy Guerra (R)–Guerra was removed from the closer role Monday following his third blown-save of the season Sunday. He will be sued in the setup role for now, but if his struggles continue his days could be numbered in the Dodgers bullpen. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Josh Lindblom (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He allowed two base runners but was able to get out of the inning throwing just 10 pitches. (05/08/12)
Injured–
Matt Guerrier (15-Day DL)

Miami Marlins
(CL) Steve Cishek (R)–Although it has not been made official yet, it appears that Cishek will become the team’s new closer once he gets some rest form a heavy workload in recent days. Heath Bell was demoted after being charged with four blown-saves this season, which will open the door for Cishek. (05/06/12)
(SU)
Edward Mujica (R)– Recorded his second save of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out two batters while giving up one hit in the outing, but will be back in his setup role once Steve Cishek is ready to go. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Heath Bell (R)– Bell was removed from the closer role after failing to get the job done on numerous occasions this season. He was given plenty of chances by the marlins to right the ship, but he failed to get the job done. (05/06/12)

Milwaukee Brewers
(CL)
John Axford (R)–Recorded his sixth save of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning striking out two batters in the appearance. He needing only 12 pitches to get the job done, lowering his earned-run average to 4.15 on the season. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Francisco Rodriguez (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out two batters in the outing and has now put together two straight solid appearances. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Kameron Loe (R)– Pitched a scoreless 10th inning on Sunday needing only seven pitches to get through the appearance. With this outing Loe lowered his earned-run average to 2.08 on the season. (05/07/12)

New York Mets
(CL)
Frank Francisco (R)–Recorded his eighth save of the season on Monday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Francisco has now pitched three consecutive days and will likely be unavailable for Tuesday. (05/08/12) (
SU)
Jon Rauch (R)–Took the loss on Friday night after giving up one run on three hits in the eighth inning. Rauch falls to 3-1 on the season and has been struggling as of late after a great start to the season. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Ramon Ramirez (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday in a non-save situation giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one batter. Ramirez has now pitched three consecutive scoreless relief appearances, which doesn’t seem like much, but after his rough start it’s a good accomplishment. (05/05/12)

Philadelphia Phillies
(CL)
Jonathan Papelbon (R)–Took his first loss of the season on Monday night after giving up three runs on two hits and one walk in the ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the outing, but gave up a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin which was the deciding factor. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Chad Qualls (R)–Was charged with a blown-save on Friday night after giving up one run on two hits and two walks in one inning of relief. He threw 16 pitches in the outing and raised his earned-run average to 3.48 on the season. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Antonio Bastardo (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Monday night giving up two walks in the outing. He needed 22 pitches to get through the appearance, but was able to get out of the jam unharmed. (05/08/12)
Injured–
David Herndon (15-Day DL)

Pittsburgh Pirates
(CL) Joel Hanrahan (R)–Recorded his fifth save of the season on Saturday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He needed 16 pitches to make it through the appearance, forcing three fly ball outs. (05/06/12)
(SU)
Juan Cruz (R)–Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Saturday after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He threw just one pitch in the appearance and has yet to give up an earned-run this season. (05/06/12) (MR) Jason Grilli (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Saturday despite giving up one run on two hits and one walk in one inning of relief. He recorded two strikeouts in his efforts and forced the other batter he faced to fly out. (05/06/12)
Injured–Chris Leroux (60-Day DL)

San Diego Padres 
(CL)
Andrew Cashner (R)–Took the loss on Sunday after giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks in 0.2 innings of relief. This was Cashner’s worst outing of the season and hopefully he will be able to turn things around considering he will likely be the team’s closer with Huston Street sidelined. (05/07/12) 
(SU) Luke Gregerson (R)–Picked up his third hold of the season on Monday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. It was a bit of a surprise to see Gregerson get skipped over with Andrew Cashner unavailable for the ninth inning, so if Casher falters don’t expect to see Gregerson take over the closer role with Huston Street out. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Dale Thayer (R)–Recorded his first save of the season on Monday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He was only sued in the role due to Andrew Cashner being unavailable after throwing a lot of pitches the night prior. (05/08/12)
Injured–Huston Street (15-Day DL)

San Francisco Giants
(CL)
Santiago Casilla (R)–Casilla was charged with his first blown-save of the season on Sunday after giving up one run on one hit in the ninth inning. Although the run was unearned, it still caused him to pick up his first blown save of the season. (05/07/12)
(SU) Sergio Romo (R)– Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Sunday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance and has yet to give up an earned-run this season. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Javier Lopez (L)–Picked up the win on Sunday after recording just one out in the 11th inning. He threw just three pitches in the inning forcing the only batter he faced to ground out. (05/07/12)
Injured–
Brian Wilson (out for season), Jeremy Affeldt (15-Day DL)

St. Louis Cardinals
(CL) Jason Motte (R)–Recorded his fifth save of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed two base runners, but was able to get out of the jam by striking out two batters and forcing one ground ball out. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Mitchell Boggs (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Saturday retiring both batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter while forcing the other batter to ground out needing just nine pitches thrown in the outing. (05/06/12)
(MR)
Fernando Salas (R)– Picked up his first hold of the season on Monday night despite giving up one run on three hits in the sixth inning. He struck out three batters in the appearance and now has 15 strikeouts on the season. (05/08/12)

Washington Nationals
(CL)
Henry Rodriguez (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night in a non-save situation giving up one walk while striking out two batters. Rodriguez has now pitched three consecutive days and will likely get a day off on Saturday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Tyler Clippard (R)–Pitched a scoreless 10th inning on Friday night retiring all three batters he faced in order. He recorded two strikeouts in the appearance and now has four strikeouts in his last three innings of relief. (05/05/12)
(MR)
Sean Burnett (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Sunday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He threw just eight pitches in the appearance and has yet to give up an earned-run this season. (05/07/12) Injured– Drew Storen (15-Day DL), Brad Lidge (15-Day DL)

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Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at matthewbeck@rotoinfo.com.  Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information. 

 

 

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